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Best Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2018: AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.(AFSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    CorMedix Inc. (NYSE: CRMD) shares fell 27.5 percent to $1.50 after the company reported Q4 results and issued a business update.
    Bioamber Inc (NYSE: BIOA) shares tumbled 23.6 percent to $2.40. BioAmber reported FY16 adjusted loss of $1.07 per share on revenue of $8.3 million.
    The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO) shares dipped 20.9 percent to $41.62.
    Innocoll Holdings PLC (NASDAQ: INNL) shares fell 20.3 percent to $1.49. Innocoll posted a narrower-than-expected quarter loss, but revenue missed estimates. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded Innocoll from Buy to Hold.
    Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: ROSG) shares declined 20.3 percent to $3.83. On Thursday, Rosetta Genomics disclosed a 1-for-12 reverse stock split.
    Esperion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ESPR) shares dropped 19.9 percent to $23.76. Esperion Therapeutics shares have jumped 106.19 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.70 percent in the same period.
    AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) tumbled 18.3 percent to $17.65. AmTrust Financial disclosed that it will delay its annual report filing for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.
    Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK) slipped 17.7 percent to $6.85. Qualstar reported a Q4 loss of $0.20 per share on revenue of $2.2 milli
  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: AFSI) dropped about 28% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $13.51 after closing Monday at $18.87. The stock’s 52-week high is $28.48. Volume of about 19 million shares was about 9 times the daily average of around 2.1 million. A whistleblower report has resulted in an SEC probe into the company’s accounting practices.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, financial shares fell 0.24 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI), down 18 percent, and GSV Capital Corp (NASDAQ: GSVC), down 9 percent.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: AFSI) dropped more than 18% Monday, to post a new 52-week low of $22.58 after closing at $27.66 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $28.48. Volume was more than 10 times the daily average of around 670,000 shares. The company missed profit estimates this morning.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) were down around 18 percent to $22.79 after the company posted downbeat Q4 earnings.

    Shutterstock Inc (NYSE: SSTK) was down, falling around 19 percent to $42.04 after the company reported downbeat Q4 results and issued a weak outlook.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, financial shares fell 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ: OVLY), down 7 percent, and AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) down 5 percent.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2018: NETGEAR, Inc.(NTGR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares ofNetgear(NASDAQ:NTGR)climbed 30% in 2016,according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, as the networking hardware specialist repeatedly exceeded quarterly expectations.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2018: DigitalGlobe, Inc(DGI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Scott Rubin]

    Stock gainers included DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI), which jumped almost 17 percent on a strong earnings report, and B&G Foods, Inc.(NYSE: BGS) which added 13 percent after its Q2 report. Shares of Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) lost more than 11 percent after its quarterly earnings results disappointed Wall Street.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, telecommunications services shares rose by just 0.03 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (ADR) (NASDAQ: IIJI), down 4 percent, and DigitalGlobe Inc (NYSE: DGI), down 2 percent.

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2018: US Foods Holding Corp. (USFD)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jayson Derrick]

    But Amazon’s ultimate end-goal would likely be turning stores into “centralized distribution centers for groceries” but “we err on the futuristic side given Bezos thinks big.”

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    Kroger Co (NYSE: KR) may be best positioned to counter Amazon’s threat given its own data analytics capabilities. SYSCO Corporation (NYSE: SYY) and US Foods Holding Corp (NYSE: USFD) are likely safe as Amazon won’t move into the foodservice distribution space which is very different from serving individual customers.

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  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Guggenheim’sJohn Heinbockel and team argue that a “purging of space is necessary” in retail, and recommend hiding in “industry leaders who canprofitably gain share and are not especially expensive,” like Michaels (MIK), Tractor Supply (TSCO), Restoration Hardware (RH), Kroger (KR),and US Foods Holding (USFD). They explain:

Best Blue Chip Stocks To Buy For 2018: EnLink Midstream Partners, LP(ENLK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    EnLink Midstream Partners (ENLK) is sponsored by independent oil and gas exploration giant Devon Energy (DVN), the owner of this acreage.

    These basins offer superior economics and EnLink’s close relationship with Devon provides leveraged exposure to the upstream operator’s accelerating activity in these plays.

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McDonald’s will benefit from these planned deals by smoothing out earnings performance in its operations in these regions and more efficiently place management’s focus on broader-scale expansion and brand initiatives. The company’s liquidity position isn’t materially impacted by these intended transactions and any earnings dip will likely be temporary and counterbalanced by reducing quarter-to-quarter volatility in performance. Accordingly, from the perspective of investors, these deals aren’t likely to move the needle too significantly.

Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Celanese Corporation(CE)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Time To Favor Optionality: Most macro data are similar to, or better than, when the merger was announced. As a result, the same returns have been obtainable, with significantly less stress, simply through owning 3M (MMM) or a basket of chemical companies that approximate the Dow-DuPont portfolio. Relative to the chemical sector, performance has been average, leverage appears reasonable but near-term FCF less-than compelling partly due to new capacity ramping. With the merger likely to close in the near-term (90% chance, in our view), we believe Dow-DuPont will have an opportunity to show how scale creates optionality. The overhaul at Celanese (CE) over the past few years shows the way.

Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Natus Medical Incorporated(BABY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Monday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggested going long on small cap healthcare products and services stock Natus Medical (NASDAQ: BABY):

Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.(AFSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, financial shares fell 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ: OVLY), down 7 percent, and AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) down 5 percent.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) were down around 18 percent to $22.79 after the company posted downbeat Q4 earnings.

    Shutterstock Inc (NYSE: SSTK) was down, falling around 19 percent to $42.04 after the company reported downbeat Q4 results and issued a weak outlook.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: AFSI) dropped more than 18% Monday, to post a new 52-week low of $22.58 after closing at $27.66 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $28.48. Volume was more than 10 times the daily average of around 670,000 shares. The company missed profit estimates this morning.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: AFSI) dropped about 28% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $13.51 after closing Monday at $18.87. The stock’s 52-week high is $28.48. Volume of about 19 million shares was about 9 times the daily average of around 2.1 million. A whistleblower report has resulted in an SEC probe into the company’s accounting practices.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market kept performing well on Monday, and the Dow Jones Industrials posted its 12th straight all-time record high. Market sentiment was sunny following the release of Warren Buffett’s annual shareholder letter over the weekend, and the Oracle of Omaha made positive comments about the sustainability of the current bull market, which was able to overcome early declines in the major market benchmarks. However, some stocks didn’t fare as well as the overall market, and Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), AmTrust Financial Services (NASDAQ:AFSI), and Horizon Pharma (NASDAQ:HZNP) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related CRMD Mid-Day Market Update: U.S. Stocks Turn Negative; AveXis Shares Spike Higher 12 Biggest Mid-Day Gainers For Tuesday CorMedix's (CRMD) CEO Khoso Baluch on Q4 2016 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha)
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    CorMedix Inc. (NYSE: CRMD) shares fell 27.5 percent to $1.50 after the company reported Q4 results and issued a business update.
    Bioamber Inc (NYSE: BIOA) shares tumbled 23.6 percent to $2.40. BioAmber reported FY16 adjusted loss of $1.07 per share on revenue of $8.3 million.
    The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO) shares dipped 20.9 percent to $41.62.
    Innocoll Holdings PLC (NASDAQ: INNL) shares fell 20.3 percent to $1.49. Innocoll posted a narrower-than-expected quarter loss, but revenue missed estimates. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded Innocoll from Buy to Hold.
    Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: ROSG) shares declined 20.3 percent to $3.83. On Thursday, Rosetta Genomics disclosed a 1-for-12 reverse stock split.
    Esperion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ESPR) shares dropped 19.9 percent to $23.76. Esperion Therapeutics shares have jumped 106.19 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.70 percent in the same period.
    AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) tumbled 18.3 percent to $17.65. AmTrust Financial disclosed that it will delay its annual report filing for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.
    Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK) slipped 17.7 percent to $6.85. Qualstar reported a Q4 loss of $0.20 per share on revenue of $2.2 milli

Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Hatteras Financial Corp(HTS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Hatteras Financial (HTS) has jumped 9.4% to $15.60 after agreeing to be purchased byAnnaly Capital Management (NLY) for $1.5 billion.Annaly Capital Management has dropped 1.1% to $$10.30.

Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: Humana Inc.(HUM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    Meanwhile, the 61 healthcare stocks in the S&P 500 – such as AbbVie Inc. (NYSE: ABBV) and Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) – offer an average yield of 1.75%.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    How good were UnitedHealth Group’s (UNH) earnings today? So good its stock has jumped the most in more than six years–and lifted competitors like Humana (HUM), Cigna (CI), Aetna (AET), and Anthem (ANTM) as well. Leerink’s Ana Gupte explains why the market is in love with UnitedHealth’s earnings:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    Health care giant Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) had a director and the chief operating officer of the company selling stock last week. The director sold 27,000 shares at prices between $204.51 and $206.43. The total for the sale was $7 million. COO Jim Murray sold 122,571 shares at prices that ranged from $204.231 to $206. The total for his trade was posted at $25 million. Shares closed on Friday at $207.28. The 52-week range is $150 to $217.80, and the consensus price target is $223.21.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report", Pete Najarian spoke about unusually high options activity in Humana Inc (NYSE: HUM).

    He said options traders were buying aggressively the January 250 calls. Around 3,200 contracts were bought in the first half of the trading session Monday and they paid $5.60 for them. The trade breaks even at $255.60 or around 5 percent higher from the current stock price.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Humana (HUM) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after the Republican Congress put forward a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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    Humana gained 2.4% to $217.76 today, while the S&P 500 dropped 0.3% to 2,368.38.

    Why was Humana the best performing stock in the S&P 500? Beats the heck out of me, since what a final plan will look like is still up in the air. Strategas Research Partners’ Daniel Clifton and team explain:

    Handwringing about what this bill achieves or not is at a fevered pitch this morning. Our guess is that the final legislation will look quite different than the original draft as was the case eight years ago when the Democrats released their ACA draft and spent the next 12 months fighting over the details. There is a wide chasm of views between conservative House Republicans and moderate Republican Senators. Support is going to be needed from each group to win passage. The most logical complaint is that this is one entitlement program being replaced with another. But how ironic would it be if the Tea Party, which came to fruition in response to the ACA, actually becomes the barrier to reforming the law. Supporters of the ACA and investors in healthcare service companies will be focused on the number of covered lives. There is no doubt that a reformed Medicaid system (to get costs down) and less generous tax credits will lead to fewer covered lives. How much of a difference will be open to interpretation as policymakers await the CBO score.

    Humana’s market capitalization rose to $32.5 billion today from $31.8 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $614 million on sales of $54.4 billion in 2016.

Top Safest Stocks To Buy Right Now: SodaStream International Ltd.(SODA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for Israel based small cap home beverage carbonation stockSodastream International Ltd (NASDAQ: SODA) is scheduled for before the market opens onWednesday (February 15). However, theIsrael connection along with changing consumer tastes havesent sharesfrom fizzy to being flat. On the other hand,Sodastream International climbed 16.22% after releasing third quarter earnings that easily topped Wall Street expectations after making efforts to revamp its image.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Israel based small cap home beverage carbonation stockSodastream International Ltd (NASDAQ: SODA) reported Q1 2017 earnings before the market opened this morning. Revenue increased 14.3% to $115.3 million driven by growth in each of the Company’s four geographic regions, partially offset by a negative foreign currency exchange impact mainly due to the weakening of the Euro/U.S. Dollar exchange rate compared to the same period in 2016. Net income increased 141.8% to $14.7 million.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Israel based small cap home beverage carbonation stockSodastream International Ltd (NASDAQ: SODA) reportedQ2 2017 earnings before the market opened on Wednesday. Revenue increased 9.6% to $130.6 millionwith theincrease driven by growth in most of the Company’s geographic regions -mainly Western Europe, partially offset by a negative foreign currency exchange impact mainly due to the weakening of the Euro/U.S. Dollar exchange rate compared to the same period in 2016. Net income increased approximately 84% to $14.4 million. As of June 30, 2017, the Company had cash and bank deposits totaling $108.5 million compared to $57.3 millionas ofDecember 31, 2016. The CEO commented:

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    SodaStream International(NASDAQ:SODA) blew the market away in 2016 as shares of the DIY soda-maker popped 142%, beating all but two stocks in the S&P 500.

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Climbing nearly 6% through January, the price of gold outpaced the meager gain — approximately 1% — of the S&P 500. Unsurprisingly, many of the market’s largest gold stocks enjoyed double-digit gains, including AngloGold Ashanti (NYSE:AU), Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX), IAMGOLD (NYSE:IAG), and Royal Gold (NASDAQ:RGLD).

Out of Africa

AngloGold Ashanti maintains gold-mining operations in South America and Australia, but the company’s primary source of gold production is from its mines in Africa. Through the first half of fiscal 2016, South Africa accounted for 28% of gold production, and the remaining countries in Africa accounted for 36%.

Image source: Getty Images.

The company had no major announcements or corporate presentations during January, suggesting that the stock’s rise was mostly tied to the rise in the price of gold. Perhaps another factor was management’s report last December that the Tropicana mine, located in Western Australia, which had originally been expected to report a decline in production, is now expected to turn things around. Management now expects average annual gold production at Tropicana to increase to an annualized rate between 450,000 and 490,000 gold ounces beginning in the second half of fiscal 2017.

usa stock exchange: AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.(AFSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: AFSI) dropped about 28% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $13.51 after closing Monday at $18.87. The stock’s 52-week high is $28.48. Volume of about 19 million shares was about 9 times the daily average of around 2.1 million. A whistleblower report has resulted in an SEC probe into the company’s accounting practices.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: AFSI) dropped more than 18% Monday, to post a new 52-week low of $22.58 after closing at $27.66 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $28.48. Volume was more than 10 times the daily average of around 670,000 shares. The company missed profit estimates this morning.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, financial shares fell 0.24 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI), down 18 percent, and GSV Capital Corp (NASDAQ: GSVC), down 9 percent.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market kept performing well on Monday, and the Dow Jones Industrials posted its 12th straight all-time record high. Market sentiment was sunny following the release of Warren Buffett’s annual shareholder letter over the weekend, and the Oracle of Omaha made positive comments about the sustainability of the current bull market, which was able to overcome early declines in the major market benchmarks. However, some stocks didn’t fare as well as the overall market, and Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), AmTrust Financial Services (NASDAQ:AFSI), and Horizon Pharma (NASDAQ:HZNP) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, financial shares fell 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ: OVLY), down 7 percent, and AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) down 5 percent.

usa stock exchange: Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation(SWHC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Smith & Wesson’s (SWHC) stock has been under pressure ever since Donald Trump’s election victory–it appears that the perceived threat to take away guns did wonders for the gun manufacturer’s sales. Now, Smith & Wesson might also have to deal with competitive pressures that could “challenge” its market share, says Wunderlich’s Rommel Dionisio:

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    Given the upcoming mid-January Shot Show, the firearms industrys most important annual trade show, several prominent competitors have already begun to unveil new products for 2017. The flurry of major new product introductions from leading players in the field into the two fastest growing categories of firearms, modern sporting rifles (MSRs) and compact/concealed carry handguns, appear meaningfully more competitive than usual, which could challenge Smith & Wessons (SWHC) market share, which had been rising impressively the past several years. Industry sales are also likely to slow, following unusually high growth in 2016. We maintain our price target of $26, derived using an EV/2016E EBITDA multiple of 6.0x.

    Shares of Smith & Wesson have dropped 1.5% to $21.78 at 12:07 p.m. today.

  • [By Diane Alter]

    Shareholders “overwhelmingly” voted to change the company name from Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. (Nasdaq: SWHC) to American Outdoor Brands Corp., the Springfield, Mass.-based company said in a statement Tuesday. The proposed name change was approved by Smith & Wesson’s board of directors last month.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Sturm, Ruger & Company underperforming more volatile but higher flying competitors or peers like small cap gun stock American Outdoor Brands Corp (NASDAQ: AOBC), formerly Smith & Wesson Holding Corp (NASDAQ: SWHC), and electronic control device maker Axon Enterprise (NASDAQ: AAXN), formerlyTASER International, Inc (NASDAQ: TASR):

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Smith & Wesson Holding Corp (NASDAQ: SWHC) were down 12 percent to $21.04. Smith & Wesson reported upbeat results for its second quarter, but issued a weak outlook for its third quarter.

usa stock exchange: ARMOUR Residential REIT, Inc.(ARR)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Armour Residential REIT Inc. (NYSE: ARR), Ducommun Inc. (NYSE: DCO), PJT Partners Inc. (NYSE; PJT), Sonic Automotive Inc. (NYSE: SAH)and Tandy Leather Factory Inc. (NASDAQ: TLF).

  • [By Amanda Alix]

    It was just about one year ago that QE3 made its debut, and mortgage REITs, particularly agency-only players like Annaly Capital (NYSE: NLY  ) , Armour Residential (NYSE: ARR  ) , and American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC  ) began moaning about the increased competition for mortgage-backed securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

  • [By Amanda Alix]

    This development will likely give battered mREITs like Annaly Capital (NYSE: NLY  ) , Armour Residential (NYSE: ARR  ) , and American Capital Agency (NASDAQ: AGNC  ) a huge boost as investors begin to feel less panic regarding a tapering of the current QE3 program. Markets have responded to the Summers announcement by soaring skyward, apparently feeling relief and confidence about the fate of the taper.

usa stock exchange: Western Union Company (The)(WU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Mathews]

    Western Union Co. (NYSE: WU) is the leading independent provider of consumer money transfer services. After a rough couple of years and dealing with compliance and regulatory issues, WU has finally weathered the storm. Market share has stabilized and revenues have been slowly growing. One of Western Union’s strengths is its size in the industry. The money-transfer business is highly scalable because the incremental costs of processing additional transactions are minimal. This allows WU to have operating margins that are twice as large as its closest competitor. Also, since WU is a highly recognizable brand, consumers flock to use its services in comparison to its peers. Western Union submitted a bid to buy the Australian company OzForex. If this deal goes through, it will provide additional scale to WU, especially to a market clientele that is more affluent. With the troubling times behind the company and expansion on the horizon, expect WU stock to appreciate to $24.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    You don’t need to be an expert technical trader to figure out the price action in shares of $10 billion payment services stock Western Union (WU) . Instead, the price action is more or less as simple as it gets. Since January, Western Union has been a “buy the dips stock”, bouncing its way higher in a well-defined uptrend. And shares are showing traders another buyable dip this week.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Western Union (WU) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after MoneyGram International (MGI) received a bid from Euronet Worldwide (EEFT).

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    Shares of Western Union gained 3.5% to $20.27 today, while the S&P 500 fell 0.3% to 2,365.45.MoneyGram International surged 25% to $15.77, while Euronet Worldwide advanced 0.3% to $83.22.

    Normally, two competitors linking up to take on the dominant player in the industry might be considered bad news. BTIG’s Mark Palmer and Giuliano Bolognaexplain why the Western Union reaction”makes sense”:

    While the surge in shares of MoneyGram (MGI, Not Rated) in response to the announcement by Euronet Worldwides (EEFT, Not Rated) that it had offered to buy the company for $15.20 per share in cash was easy to understand the bid trumped the bid of $13.25 per share that MoneyGram received from Alibaba (BABA) affiliate Ant Financial in late January what may have been surprising to some was the positive reaction of shares of MGI remittance competitor Western Union (WU, Buy, $23 PT) to the news.

    With that said, we believe the uptick in WU shares makes some sense insofar as the competitive threat posed by EEFT may be perceived as less imposing than that represented by Ant, especially following reports in February that the latter was planning to raise as much as $3bn to fund global investments.

    We also believe the second bid for MGI serves to underline the attractiveness and potential of the global remittance space, an industry in which WU is the clear leader. Moreover, we think the bid may have given rise to the notion that WU could be an acquisition candidate for another deep-pocketed firm that could lever off its global footprint and the strength of its brand.

    Western Union’s market capitalization rose to $9.8 billion today, from $9.4 billion yesterday. It reported net income of $253 million on sales of $5.4 billion in

usa stock exchange: MakeMyTrip Limited(MMYT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Wednesday, technology shares fell 0.69 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included MakeMyTrip Limited (NASDAQ: MMYT), down 8 percent, and Western Digital Corp (NASDAQ: WDC) down 5 percent.

usa stock exchange: SPAR Group Inc.(SGRP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Wednesday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested going long on small cap international merchandising and marketing services stockSPAR Group Inc (NASDAQ: SGRP):

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Heisenberg is no stranger to volatility (NYSEARCA:VXX). Just ask anyone who’s known him. Oh wait, you can’t. I’m anonymous, wear dark shades and a hat and dwell in dark, smokey corners of the bar.

Oh well, take my word for it.

I know something about volatility. It comes and it goes. People think “hey, he’s an ok guy,” and then two days later it’s like “oh no, this might have been a really bad idea.”

But as ridiculous as it sounds, I try to take lessons about the market from all of my own experiences. Good and bad. That’s not some empty platitude. The market is people or at least machines run by people (or maybe it’s the other way around). Doesn’t matter. Point is there are people involved in there somewhere although there may not be in 20 years and anytime there’s a human element embedded in a system, you can learn something about that system by analyzing yourself.

Now think about this. We all conceptualize volatility as inherently bad. Well, maybe not all of us, but if you’re not a skilled trader and are merely hanging out in a vol ETN hoping to guess right on a given day, you should give it up and acknowledge that when vol spikes, your plain vanilla portfolio is probably down.

stockwatch: GenMark Diagnostics, Inc.(GNMK)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    GenMark Diagnostics, Inc (NASDAQ: GNMK) shares shot up 20 percent to $10.54. Cowen & Co. upgraded GenMark Diagnostics from Market Perform to Outperform.

stockwatch: AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.(AFSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market kept performing well on Monday, and the Dow Jones Industrials posted its 12th straight all-time record high. Market sentiment was sunny following the release of Warren Buffett’s annual shareholder letter over the weekend, and the Oracle of Omaha made positive comments about the sustainability of the current bull market, which was able to overcome early declines in the major market benchmarks. However, some stocks didn’t fare as well as the overall market, and Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), AmTrust Financial Services (NASDAQ:AFSI), and Horizon Pharma (NASDAQ:HZNP) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: AFSI) dropped more than 18% Monday, to post a new 52-week low of $22.58 after closing at $27.66 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $28.48. Volume was more than 10 times the daily average of around 670,000 shares. The company missed profit estimates this morning.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, financial shares fell 0.24 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI), down 18 percent, and GSV Capital Corp (NASDAQ: GSVC), down 9 percent.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: AFSI) dropped about 28% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $13.51 after closing Monday at $18.87. The stock’s 52-week high is $28.48. Volume of about 19 million shares was about 9 times the daily average of around 2.1 million. A whistleblower report has resulted in an SEC probe into the company’s accounting practices.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) were down around 18 percent to $22.79 after the company posted downbeat Q4 earnings.

    Shutterstock Inc (NYSE: SSTK) was down, falling around 19 percent to $42.04 after the company reported downbeat Q4 results and issued a weak outlook.

stockwatch: Dean Foods Company(DF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    In the parched terrain just south of the United States border, the prices of food and other necessities follow the dollar, whose value has been climbing: Link

    ECONOMIC DATA
    Industrial Production (MoM) for Feb 0.00% vs 0.20% consensus estimate; Manufacturing Outputs (MoM) for Feb 0.50% vs 0.40% consensus estimate.
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    The index of leading economic indicators for February will be released at 10:00 a.m. ET.
    The Baker Hughes North American rig count report for the latest week is schedule for release at 1:00 p.m. ET.
    ANALYST RATINGS
    Wunderlich upgraded Adobe Systems (NASDAQ: ADBE) from Hold to Buy
    FBR Capital upgraded L Brands (NYSE: LB) from Market Perform to Outperform
    Morgan Stanley upgraded Dean Foods (NYSE: DF) from Neutral to Overweight
    Baird downgraded Patheon (NYSE: PTHN) from Outperform to Neutral
    Citigroup downgraded SeaWorld Entertainment Inc (NYSE: SEAS) from Neutral to Sell
    Goldman Sachs downgraded Macerich (NYSE: MAC) from Neutral to Sell

    This is a tool used by the Benzinga News Desk each trading day — it's a look at everything happening in the market, in five minutes. To get the full version of this note every morning, click here or email minutes@benzinga.com.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Dean Foods (DF) has gained 2.3% to $19.19 after getting upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.

    SeaWorld Entertainment (SEAS) has dropped 2.2% to $18.47 after getting cut to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q4 2016 earnings report for small cap Dean Foods Co (NYSE: DF) is scheduledfor before the market opens onThursday (February 16th) with the strongest volume performance seen in yearsbeing reported the last time around.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Dean Foods Co (NYSE: DF) posted weaker-than-expected earnings for its first quarter on Tuesday.

    Dean Foods said it earned $0.13 per share in the first quarter on revenue of $2.00 billion; Analysts were expecting the company to earn $0.18 per share on revenue of $1.097 billion.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap dairy stock Dean Foods Co (NYSE: DF) reported Q1 earnings before the market opened this morning with results missing expectations. Net sales were $1.996 billionversus $1.879 billion as total volume across all products were 633 million gallons for the first quarter of 2017, a 1.3% decline compared to total volume of 641 million gallons in the first quarter of 2016. Based on fluid milk sales data published by the USDA through February, fluid milk volume decreased 3.4% year-over-year quarter to date in the first quarter of 2017 on an unadjusted basis. However, when adjusting for the extra selling day in 2016 due to Leap Year, the category decline was 1.8%. On this same basis, Dean Foods Co’s share of U.S. fluid milk volumes increased by 10 basis points year-over-year. Raw milk costs in the first quarter of 2017 of $17.03 per hundred weight increased roughly 6% from the fourth quarter of 2016 and increased 18% from the first quarter of 2016.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:

    Wall Street expects Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP) to report quarterly earnings at $0.10 per share on revenue of $1.62 billion before the opening bell. Avon Products shares rose 2.39 percent to $6.00 in after-hours trading.
    Analysts expect MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) to report quarterly earnings at $0.20 per share on revenue of $2.44 billion before the opening bell. MGM shares rose 1.01 percent to $29.90 in after-hours trading.
    Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) reported better-than-expected results for its second quarter and raised its quarterly dividend to $0.29 per share. Cisco shares rose 2.13 percent to $33.52 in the after-hours trading session.
    Before the markets open, Dean Foods Co (NYSE: DF) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.41 per share on revenue of $2.01 billion. Dean Foods shares rose 0.49 percent to $20.55 in after-hours trading.
    Tripadvisor Inc (NASDAQ: TRIP) posted weaker-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Wednesday. Tripadvisor shares dropped 5.60 percent to $49.75 in the after-hours trading session.
    Analysts are expecting Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE: WM) to have earned $0.77 per share on revenue of $3.42 billion in the latest quarter. Waste Management will release earnings before the markets open. Waste Management shares rose 2.27 percent to $72.97 in after-hours trading.

    Find out what's going on in today's market and bring any questions you have to Benzinga's PreMarket Prep.

stockwatch: Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. (The)(EL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    The 20 stocks meeting those requirements are: Ralph Lauren (RL), Time Warner(TWX), Twenty-First Century Fox(FOXA), PepsiCo(PEP), Estee Lauder(EL), Tesoro(TSO), XL(XL), Ameriprise Financial,(AMP), Unum(UNM), Merck(MRK), AbbVie(ABBV), Gilead Sciences(GILD), General Dynamics(GD), Alaska Air(ALK), United Continental(UAL), Delta Air Lines(DAL), Oracle(ORCL), eBay(EBAY), Apple(AAPL), and Centurylink(CTL).

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    GLP’s customers include Walmart (WMT) , Unilever (UL) , JD.com (JD) , Adidas (ADDYY) , Estee Lauder (EL) and L’Oreal (LRLCY) .

    The S$3.38 offer price represents 81% premium over its 12-month volume weighted average price and a 25% premium over its last full trading day before the announcement.

stockwatch: E*TRADE Financial Corporation(ETFC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    Meanwhile, E*Trade (NASDAQ:ETFC) decided to split the difference. Effective March 13, E*Trade’s commission structure will get split in two. Base rate customers will see their commissions fall from $9.99 to $6.95 per trade, matching TD Ameritrade. However, E*Trade created a new structure for active traders, defined as those who execute 30 or more trades every three months. For those customers, E*Trade will have $4.95 per trade commissions, and options charges will fall by a third, to $0.50 per contract. CEO Karl Roessner said that although “an exceptional customer experience is far more important to traders and investors than price, with our new commission structure, we are able to reward our most active equity and derivative traders and investors.”

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    E*Trade Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: ETFC) was up another 1.6% at $32.97. Ithas a total market cap of $9 billion, and over the past five trading days the stock has gained 17%. Shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) were last seen at $39.09, up 17% in the past fivetrading days. The market cap is$74.7 billion.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Franklin Resources (BEN) : “I’d rather see you in Morgan Stanley (MS) or E*TRADE Financial (ETFC) .”

    Kinder Morgan (KMI) : “They are OK now, but there are better ones.”

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now

Blue-chip companies rightfully make up the bulk of most people’s investment portfolios. These large-cap firms possess considerable industry leverage, as well as a vast sum of financial resources. Their status and importance to the underlying economy means that they are the least likely to crumble, regardless of external pressures. Ultimately, blue chips provide the confidence and stability to which you can pin your long-term hopes.

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But there’s a reason most financial advisers say to have at least a small allocation to speculative investments. Those large caps can offer somewhat modest returns. Single-digit annual gains and a 2% dividend yield? No … here and there, investors should try to generate bigger returns from more explosive small- and even micro-cap stocks.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Marathon Oil Corporation(MRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer said he tried to buck this trend by investing in EOG Resources (EOG) and Marathon Oil (MRO) but was wrong on both counts. In the case of EOG, even having the best properties wasn’t enough to ward off the collapse in oil prices. Meanwhile, Marathon’s decision to spin off its refining business left it with no cushion to stem its losses.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) dropped about 1% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $11.50 after closing Wednesday at $11.61. The 52-week high is $19.28. Volume was about 30% lower than the daily average of about 13.7 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) shares were up a whopping 209.9% at $18.08 on Wednesday, and the 70.5 million shares at the close was almost 5 times normal trading volume. Marathon Oil has a consensus analyst price target of $18.12 and a 52-week trading range of $6.52 to $18.55. The company has a total market cap of $15 billion.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) dropped about 1.6% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $11.41 after closing Thursday at $11.59. The 52-week high is $19.28. Volume was about 30% lower than the daily average of about 13.7 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Dustin Blitchok]

    Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) was upgraded from Neutral to Positive at Susquehanna on Friday after the oil giant sold off its Canadian subsidiary for $2.5 billion and bought 71,000 acres of oil fields in New Mexico for $1.1 billion.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    The bulking up strategy did not work well for the company over the years, as it saw its market share dwindle and profitability erode. In 1982, in a diversification bid, the company picked up Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) and renamed itself as USX.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Nordstrom Inc.(JWN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Look for Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE: JWN) to reveal its fiscal second-quarter results on Thursday as well. The consensus analyst estimates are $0.63 in EPS and revenue of $3.74 billion. Shares of Nordstrom closed at $46.81 on Friday, above the consensus price target of $46.00. The 52-week range is $39.53 to $62.82.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap department store stock Dillard’s, Inc (NYSE: DDS), whos potential peers includemid caps Macy’s, Inc (NYSE: M) and Nordstrom, Inc (NYSE: JWN) and small cap J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP), is the most shorted stock on the NYSE with short interest of 60.80% according to Highshortnterest.com.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    Upscale retailer Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) faces the same negative trends as Macy’s in its full-line business. However, while Nordstrom’s management has shown a willingness to close a store here or there, investors shouldn’t expect any kind of massive store closure program at Nordstrom.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    There seems to be no cure for the rise of e-commerce, Cramer admitted to viewers, as a vicious downgrade of Nordstrom (JWN) last week sent shares reeling by more than 9%.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The retail industry has gone through tough times lately, and things have been especially difficult for high-end retailers like Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN). As shoppers become more comfortable with online shopping, department stores with substantial brick-and-mortar assets have had to adapt to changes in consumer behavior and meet them on their own terms, and that’s been a difficult proposition for a company that prides itself on one-on-one customer service in the store setting.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    Nordstrom’s (JWN) is one name we did well shorting back in May of this year, and although we made another attempt at shorting the stock for a minor loss from September to November, our net gain between the two ended up being about 16%. Not bad all things considered. However, we’re still convinced JWN is a stock that’s going to move substantially lower when it’s all said and done.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: Luxoft Holding, Inc.(LXFT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Luxoft Holding(NYSE:LXFT)announced strong fiscal fourth-quarter results on Monday, after the market closed. Similar to its modest post-earnings drop in February, shares of the software development specialist fell 3.6% on Tuesday as investors absorbed the news.

Hot Blue Chip Stocks To Own Right Now: AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.(AFSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, financial shares fell 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ: OVLY), down 7 percent, and AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) down 5 percent.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: AFSI) dropped more than 18% Monday, to post a new 52-week low of $22.58 after closing at $27.66 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $28.48. Volume was more than 10 times the daily average of around 670,000 shares. The company missed profit estimates this morning.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, financial shares fell 0.24 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI), down 18 percent, and GSV Capital Corp (NASDAQ: GSVC), down 9 percent.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018

Each and every year, I run across countless individuals who foolishly pass up the opportunity to shift money from a taxable account to a tax-free accountall without increasing their tax bill. This is generally a big mistake. It may not make or break your retirement, but most long-term financial success comes not as the result of one or two really good big decisions, but rather, by taking small, but consistently positive steps.

See Also: Why You Need a Roth IRA

Roth individual retirement accounts can be powerful tools. They allow you to put money aside today that can grow tax-free for the remainder of your lifetime, and there are no required minimum distributions, as there are for traditional IRAs. Of course, nothing worth having in life comes without a cost, and the Roth IRA is no exception. In order to get money into the future tax- and RMD-free haven that is the Roth IRA, you have to pay tax on the funds that go into the Roth IRA before they go into the Roth IRA.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd.(LITB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Friday, our Under the Radar Moversnewsletter suggested small cap China based online retailstockLightinthebox Holding Co (NYSE: LITB) as a long/buy trade:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Small cap China based online retailstockLightinthebox Holding Co (NYSE: LITB) reportedQ1 2017 earnings as net revenues increased 8.0% to $72.7 million (above the high end of the Company’s guidance of $72.0 million). Net revenues from product sales were $64.8 million versus$61.9 million and net revenues from service and others were $7.9 million versus $5.4 million in the same quarter of 2016. As a percentage of net revenues, service and others accounted for 10.9% during the first quarter of 2017. Total orders of product sales were 1.6 million for the first quarter of 2017 versus1.7 million in the same quarter of 2016 while the total number of product sales customers was 1.2 million versus 1.4 million.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc.(NGVC)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for Whole Foods Market shows along with mid cap peerSprouts Farmers Market Inc (NASDAQ: SFM) and Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE: NGVC) appearing to all be in downtrends that may or may not have leveled off:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for Whole Foods Market shows along with mid cap peerSprouts Farmers Market Inc (NASDAQ: SFM) and Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE: NGVC) largely drifting lower with two price spikes:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart for Whole Foods Market shows shares still lower than they were five years ago whilepeers in the organic space like Sprouts Farmers Market Inc (NASDAQ: SFM) and Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE: NGVC) have performed worst:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc (NYSE: NGVC) was down, falling around 33 percent to $5.70 as the company posted downbeat quarterly results and lowered its FY17 earnings guidance.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.(HAIN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Hain Celestial Group (HAIN) has jumped 13% to $40.40 after announcing that an independent review found no evidence that accounting errors were intentional.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows shares of United Natural Foods,Whole Foods Market and The Hain Celestial Group, Inc (NASDAQ: HAIN),a previous SmallCap Network Elite Opportunity (SCN EO) portfolio pick, all having similar looking charts albeit HAIN has performed better:

  • [By Brian Stoffel]

    Shareholders of Hain Celestial (NASDAQ:HAIN) have endured a stomach-churning year. In August, the company announced that it would have to delay filing its quarterly report, saying: “The Company is currently evaluating whether the revenue associated with [Concessions that were granted to certain distributors]was accounted for in the correct period.”

  • [By Jason Hall]

    It’s been a very long time since Hain Celestial Group Inc. (NASDAQ:HAIN) reported its financial and operating results, having last reported on May 4, 2016. Since then, the company has delayed its filings multiple times because of accounting issues tied to the timing of revenue recognition.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Mid cap natural and organic food stock Hain Celestial Group, Inc (NASDAQ: HAIN) reported long delayed earnings before the market opened this morning to avoid being delisted plusgave an update on an accounting probe. The last timethe Companyreported financial results was in May 2016. Then lastAugust, Hain Celestial Group delayed fiscal 2016 results, missed full-year guidance and announced potential accounting troubles stemming from revenue-recognition timing issues.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF(VCSH)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Todd Shriber, ETF Professor]

    and the Vanguard Short Term Corporate Bond ETF (NASDAQ: VCSH).

    Three of Vanguard's mega-cap equity ETFs now sport annual expense ratios of 0.07 percent, down from 0.09 percent. Those ETFs are the Vanguard Mega Cap ETF (NYSE: MGC), Vanguard Mega Cap 300 Growth Index ETF (NYSE: MGK) and the Vanguard Mega Cap Value Index ETF (NYSE: MGV).

  • [By WWW.GURUFOCUS.COM]

    For the details of SWISS RE LTD’s stock buys and sells, go to www.gurufocus.com/StockBuy.php?GuruName=SWISS+RE+LTD

    These are the top 5 holdings of SWISS RE LTDiShares Core S&P 500 (IVV) – 1,641,300 shares, 34.54% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 6.79%SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) – 1,003,200 shares, 20.97% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 34.15%iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) – 2,800,100 shares, 15.78% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 170.34%iShares 1-3 Year Credit Bond ETF (CSJ) – 1,659,000 shares, 15.1% of the total portfolio. New PositionVanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF (VCSH) – 937,000 shares, 6.48% of the total po

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: Revlon, Inc.(REV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jeremy Bowman]

    Shares of Revlon, Inc.(NYSE:REV) surged last month after the company announced a restructuring plan. According to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, the stock gained 15%. The bulk of the increase came in the middle of the month when the restructuring plan was announced.

  • [By Lee Jackson]

    These companies also reported insider buying last week: Apache Corp. (NYSE: APA), Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL), Revlon Inc. (NYSE: REV), Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) and U.S. Steel Corp. (NYSE: X).

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated(PEG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Jefferies announced on Tuesday that it has upgraded Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PEG).

    The firm has lifted its rating on PEG from “Hold” to “Buy,” and has raised the company’s price target from $36 to $37. This price target suggests a 12% increase from the stock’s current price of $32.42.

    Analyst Paul Fremont commented: “We are upgrading to Buy based on the improving outlook for regulatory approval of the company’s “Energy Strong” capital spending program.

    “Each $1.0 billion of incremental spending will add an estimated $0.10 to PEG’s earnings. We assume that incremental spending is funded by debt and by incremental cash expected from the increasing gas basis differential between the Leidy hub and New Jersey. Our new estimates are considerably higher than consensus in 2014-16.”

    Public Service Enterprise Group shares were mostly flat during pre-market trading Tuesday. The stock is up 6% YTD.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: Suncor Energy Inc.(SU)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Feroldi, Chuck Saletta, Tyler Crowe, Jason Hall, and Jordan Wathen]

    With that in mind, we asked a team of Fools each to highlight a stock that a billionaire investor has been selling recently. Read on to see why they chose Cheniere Energy (NYSEMKT:LNG), Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), Suncor Energy (NYSE:SU), MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE:MTG), and Extended Stay America (NYSE:STAY).

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    The six companies that met the criterion are:

    Oshkosh Corp (NYSE: OSK). Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX). SpartanNash Co (NASDAQ: SPTN). Suncor Energy Inc. (USA) (NYSE: SU). Washington Federal Inc. (NASDAQ: WAFD). Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS).
    Oshkosh

    Oshkosh is a manufacturer of specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies and is based in Wisconsin. The company operates under four business segments, namely access equipment, defense, fire and emergency, and commercial.

  • [By Matthew DiLallo]

    In Canada, for example, the company and its partners Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS-A)(NYSE:RDS-B) and Suncor Energy (NYSE:SU) came up dry in their initial exploration attempts in the Shelburne Basin offshore Nova Scotia. The first noncommercial well forced Suncor Energy to write off 105 million Canadian dollars ($78.7 million) for its 20% stake in the well. Meanwhile, ConocoPhillips recorded a total of $187 million of dry hole expenses in Canada last year after it wrote off two wells.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: NextEra Energy Partners, LP(NEP)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dustin Parrett]

    Company Name

    Share PriceYTDMarket CapClayton Williams Energy Inc. (NYSE: CWEI)$138.8216.4%2.4BDiamondback Energy Inc. (Nasdaq: FANG)$106.365.42%$9.38BWestern Gas Partners LP (NYSE: WES)$65.6411.71%$9.67BTesoro Logistics LP (NYSE: TLLP)$59.3416.79%$6.25BResolute Energy Corp. (NYSE: REN)$46.0811.87%$931.13MAntero Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: AM)$34.9813.28%$6.4BExterran Corp. (NYSE: EXTN)$33.9942.22%$1.19BDominion Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: DM)$32.9011.34%$2.6BNextEra Energy Partners LP (NYSE: NEP)$31.1922.12%$1.68BArchrock Inc. (NYSE: AROC)$16.0021.21%$1.12B

    While some of these stocks have performed well, we arent recommending this list of natural gas stocks. Thats because we arent interested in stocks that have already peaked at Money Morning; were interested in the next big winner. And we have one that could surge in 2017

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Don’t look now, but the demise of the solar yieldco industry may have been overstated. In the past six months, NextEra Energy Partners (NYSE:NEP), NRG Yield (NYSE:NYLD), and Pattern Energy Group (NASDAQ:PEGI) have all outperformed the market, and even the maligned 8point3 Energy Partners (NASDAQ:CAFD) has come close.

  • [By Travis Hoium]

    Leading the charge are two yieldcos — NextEra Energy Partners (NYSE:NEP) and 8point3 Energy Partners (NASDAQ:CAFD) — and utility company AES Corporation (NYSE:AES). Here’s a look at why they’re good dividend stocks to own today.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: Crescent Point Energy Corp (16)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Kana Nishizawa]

    China Coal Energy Co., the countrys second-largest producer of the fuel, sank 3.1 percent after the government said it will cut coal consumption. Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. (16), the worlds second-biggest developer, fell 1.4 percent after trimming its sales target. Gold producers led materials companies lower as the precious metal headed for its steepest weekly loss since June amid expectations the U.S. Federal Open Market Committee will next week decide to reduce stimulus.

Top 10 Stocks To Buy For 2018: AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.(AFSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market kept performing well on Monday, and the Dow Jones Industrials posted its 12th straight all-time record high. Market sentiment was sunny following the release of Warren Buffett’s annual shareholder letter over the weekend, and the Oracle of Omaha made positive comments about the sustainability of the current bull market, which was able to overcome early declines in the major market benchmarks. However, some stocks didn’t fare as well as the overall market, and Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), AmTrust Financial Services (NASDAQ:AFSI), and Horizon Pharma (NASDAQ:HZNP) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

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    CorMedix Inc. (NYSE: CRMD) shares fell 27.5 percent to $1.50 after the company reported Q4 results and issued a business update.
    Bioamber Inc (NYSE: BIOA) shares tumbled 23.6 percent to $2.40. BioAmber reported FY16 adjusted loss of $1.07 per share on revenue of $8.3 million.
    The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO) shares dipped 20.9 percent to $41.62.
    Innocoll Holdings PLC (NASDAQ: INNL) shares fell 20.3 percent to $1.49. Innocoll posted a narrower-than-expected quarter loss, but revenue missed estimates. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded Innocoll from Buy to Hold.
    Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: ROSG) shares declined 20.3 percent to $3.83. On Thursday, Rosetta Genomics disclosed a 1-for-12 reverse stock split.
    Esperion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ESPR) shares dropped 19.9 percent to $23.76. Esperion Therapeutics shares have jumped 106.19 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.70 percent in the same period.
    AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) tumbled 18.3 percent to $17.65. AmTrust Financial disclosed that it will delay its annual report filing for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.
    Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK) slipped 17.7 percent to $6.85. Qualstar reported a Q4 loss of $0.20 per share on revenue of $2.2 milli
  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) were down around 18 percent to $22.79 after the company posted downbeat Q4 earnings.

    Shutterstock Inc (NYSE: SSTK) was down, falling around 19 percent to $42.04 after the company reported downbeat Q4 results and issued a weak outlook.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: AFSI) dropped more than 18% Monday, to post a new 52-week low of $22.58 after closing at $27.66 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $28.48. Volume was more than 10 times the daily average of around 670,000 shares. The company missed profit estimates this morning.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: AFSI) dropped about 28% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $13.51 after closing Monday at $18.87. The stock’s 52-week high is $28.48. Volume of about 19 million shares was about 9 times the daily average of around 2.1 million. A whistleblower report has resulted in an SEC probe into the company’s accounting practices.

stock market information

QI know you can give your required minimum distribution from an IRA to charity tax-free. Can you also give your RMD from a 401(k) to charity?

ANo, the tax-free transfer of your RMD to charity only applies to IRAs. Still, there is an indirect way to give money from your 401(k) to charity tax-free. To do this, you will have to roll over money from your 401(k) to an IRA and then donate it to charity.

SEE ALSO: 10 Things Boomers Must Know About RMDs From IRAs

You will have to take your RMD from the 401(k) for this year before you can do the rollover. After that, you can roll over 401(k) dollars to the IRA for future charitable transfers. If you do this by the end of the year, you’ll be able to start transferring some of the money to charity in 2018, which can satisfy all or a portion of the RMD from your IRA, says Jeffrey Levine, CEO and director of financial planning for the BluePrint Wealth Alliance in Garden City, N.Y.

stock market information: National Oilwell Varco, Inc.(NOV)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lauren Pollock]

    Among the companies with shares expected to actively trade in Tuesday’s session are Applied Materials Inc.(AMAT), Red Hat Inc.(RHT) and National Oilwell Varco Inc.(NOV)

  • [By Tony Daltorio]

    But the best investment in this sector, according to Moors, is National Oilwell Varco Inc. (NYSE: NOV).

    He calls it the “one company that stands to benefit most directly from what is happening in the equipment sector.”

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Jefferies reported on Monday that it has lifted its price target on National-Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV).

    The firm has reaffirmed a “Buy” rating on NOV, and has raised the company’s price target from $84 to $91. This price target suggests a 14% increase from the stock’s current price of $78.24.

    Analyst Brad Handler noted that NOV’s weak margin will likely rebound in 2014 and the chances of a dividend increase are high.

    Looking forward, the firm has lifted its order estimates for FY2013 from $10.8 billion to $11.3 billion. FY2014 earnings estimates have been raised from $6.40 to $6.50 per share and FY2015 estimates have been increased from $7.65 to $7.95 per share.

    National-Oilwell Varco shares were up 76 cents, or 0.97% during pre-market trading Monday. The stock is up 14% YTD.

  • [By Jim Robertson]

    On Tuesday, our Elite Opportunity Pronewsletter suggestedgoing long on large cap oilfield equipment manufacturer and technology stock National-Oilwell Varco, Inc (NYSE: NOV):

stock market information: AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.(AFSI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: AFSI) dropped about 28% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $13.51 after closing Monday at $18.87. The stock’s 52-week high is $28.48. Volume of about 19 million shares was about 9 times the daily average of around 2.1 million. A whistleblower report has resulted in an SEC probe into the company’s accounting practices.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, financial shares fell 0.24 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI), down 18 percent, and GSV Capital Corp (NASDAQ: GSVC), down 9 percent.

  • [By Dan Caplinger]

    The stock market kept performing well on Monday, and the Dow Jones Industrials posted its 12th straight all-time record high. Market sentiment was sunny following the release of Warren Buffett’s annual shareholder letter over the weekend, and the Oracle of Omaha made positive comments about the sustainability of the current bull market, which was able to overcome early declines in the major market benchmarks. However, some stocks didn’t fare as well as the overall market, and Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), AmTrust Financial Services (NASDAQ:AFSI), and Horizon Pharma (NASDAQ:HZNP) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Tuesday, financial shares fell 0.32 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ: OVLY), down 7 percent, and AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) down 5 percent.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (NASDAQ: AFSI) dropped more than 18% Monday, to post a new 52-week low of $22.58 after closing at $27.66 on Friday. The stock’s 52-week high is $28.48. Volume was more than 10 times the daily average of around 670,000 shares. The company missed profit estimates this morning.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Related CRMD Mid-Day Market Update: U.S. Stocks Turn Negative; AveXis Shares Spike Higher 12 Biggest Mid-Day Gainers For Tuesday CorMedix's (CRMD) CEO Khoso Baluch on Q4 2016 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha)
    Related BIOA Mid-Day Market Update: U.S. Stocks Turn Negative; AveXis Shares Spike Higher Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Edge Higher; Tiffany Earnings Top Estimates BioAmber (BIOA) Q4 2016 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha)
    CorMedix Inc. (NYSE: CRMD) shares fell 27.5 percent to $1.50 after the company reported Q4 results and issued a business update.
    Bioamber Inc (NYSE: BIOA) shares tumbled 23.6 percent to $2.40. BioAmber reported FY16 adjusted loss of $1.07 per share on revenue of $8.3 million.
    The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO) shares dipped 20.9 percent to $41.62.
    Innocoll Holdings PLC (NASDAQ: INNL) shares fell 20.3 percent to $1.49. Innocoll posted a narrower-than-expected quarter loss, but revenue missed estimates. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded Innocoll from Buy to Hold.
    Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: ROSG) shares declined 20.3 percent to $3.83. On Thursday, Rosetta Genomics disclosed a 1-for-12 reverse stock split.
    Esperion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ESPR) shares dropped 19.9 percent to $23.76. Esperion Therapeutics shares have jumped 106.19 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.70 percent in the same period.
    AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) tumbled 18.3 percent to $17.65. AmTrust Financial disclosed that it will delay its annual report filing for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.
    Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK) slipped 17.7 percent to $6.85. Qualstar reported a Q4 loss of $0.20 per share on revenue of $2.2 milli

stock market information: MDC Partners Inc.(MDCA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of MDC Partners Inc (NASDAQ: MDCA) were down 31 percent to $12.52 after the company posted downbeat quarterly results and lowered its FY16 sales outlook.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    MDC Partners Inc (NASDAQ: MDCA) shares dropped 60 percent to $3.38. MDC Partners reported a Q3 loss of $0.64 per share on revenue of $349.3 million.

stock market information: Patterson Companies, Inc.(PDCO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    The three top dividend stocks in the dentistry industry are Patterson Companies (NASDAQ:PDCO), Zimmer Biomet Holdings (NYSE:ZBH), and Danaher (NYSE:DHR). But two of these, Zimmer Biomet and Danaher, pay out only small dividends.

  • [By Chuck Saletta]

    Patterson Companies (NASDAQ:PDCO) has been around since 1877; it’s a strong player in human dental health services and a big distributor of animal-health-related products. With around 140 years of history behind it, Patterson knows how to survive times of war and economic turmoil, which should give you reason to believe it will be around for some time to come.

stock market information: TiVo Inc.(TIVO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO) shares were also up, gaining 20 percent to $9.22. The New York Times reported that Tivo and Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI) are in merger talks.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO) shares were also up, gaining 21 percent to $9.30. The New York Times, citing sources familiar with the issue, said Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI) is in advanced negotiations to acquire TiVo. TiVo shareholders would reportedly receive both cash and stock; however, the price tag is yet to be determined.

stock market information: Vuzix Corporation(VUZI)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    Related BIOA Mid-Day Market Update: U.S. Stocks Turn Negative; AveXis Shares Spike Higher Mid-Morning Market Update: Markets Edge Higher; Tiffany Earnings Top Estimates BioAmber (BIOA) Q4 2016 Results – Earnings Call Transcript (Seeking Alpha)
    CorMedix Inc. (NYSE: CRMD) shares fell 27.5 percent to $1.50 after the company reported Q4 results and issued a business update.
    Bioamber Inc (NYSE: BIOA) shares tumbled 23.6 percent to $2.40. BioAmber reported FY16 adjusted loss of $1.07 per share on revenue of $8.3 million.
    The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO) shares dipped 20.9 percent to $41.62.
    Innocoll Holdings PLC (NASDAQ: INNL) shares fell 20.3 percent to $1.49. Innocoll posted a narrower-than-expected quarter loss, but revenue missed estimates. Stifel Nicolaus downgraded Innocoll from Buy to Hold.
    Rosetta Genomics Ltd. (USA) (NASDAQ: ROSG) shares declined 20.3 percent to $3.83. On Thursday, Rosetta Genomics disclosed a 1-for-12 reverse stock split.
    Esperion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: ESPR) shares dropped 19.9 percent to $23.76. Esperion Therapeutics shares have jumped 106.19 percent over the past 52 weeks, while the S&P 500 index has gained 16.70 percent in the same period.
    AmTrust Financial Services Inc (NASDAQ: AFSI) tumbled 18.3 percent to $17.65. AmTrust Financial disclosed that it will delay its annual report filing for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.
    Qualstar Corporation (NASDAQ: QBAK) slipped 17.7 percent to $6.85. Qualstar reported a Q4 loss of $0.20 per share on revenue of $2.2 milli
  • [By William Patalon III]

    Vuzix Corp. (Nasdaq: VUZI) – the “augmented reality” company whose shares more than doubled following our September 2015 recommendation – said that its new “smart glasses” were just honored with a “Wearable Device of the Year” award.

  • [By James E. Brumley]

    While the economy’s natural — and recurring — cycles favor different kinds of stocks at different times, not every great trend is necessarily a cyclical one. Sometimes, a trend is rooted in a technological development that changes cultural norms. The advent of the smartphone, for example, has made constant connectivity to the world around part of how we live our daily lives.

    These mega-trends present tremendous opportunities for investors too, provided they’re savvy enough to see them coming and play them the right way.

    One such mega-trend newly underway right now is the proliferation of wearables… devices that meld clothing (often a wrist-worn device) and technology to perform a function that couldn’t be performed otherwise. Much of the same technology that made the smartphone possible are now ushering in wearables.

    It’s not been a smooth beginning. however.

    While the buzz was strong and expectations reached a peak two years ago when Fitbit Inc (NYSE:FIT) was all the rage and in the wake of its IPO, the company’s growth wasn’t to be sustained. The company is struggling to muster any growth now, and FIT shares have fallen to a tenth of their value seen in late-2015, when the euphoria was strongest.

    Fitbit’s slowdown has been mirrored by other companies in the space. The wearables market only grew 3.1% in Q3 of 2016.

    On the flipside, while the debacle of Fitbit — the wearable industry’s iconic company — has been a painful, it’s also been a learning experience. And, it’s not as if the slowdown is unfurling without the wearables market never reaching a respectable size. International Data Corporation estimates were 23 million ‘wearables’ delivered in the third quarter of last year alone.

    Moreover, the fizzling of the market hasn’t turned into a reason to swear off wearables as an investment opportunity… quite the opposite, actually. It’s just now become considerably clearer what consumers want an